GAYDAR NATION INTERVIEW

 

Guyz in Sync, the UK’s only all-male gay Latin and Ballroom dance team, have beaten thousands of other hopefuls to the live semi-finals of TV talent contest Got to Dance on Sky1.

Ahead of their performance on Sunday 6 February, we spoke to Guyz in Sync about bringing same-sex dancing to the masses!

So, where did the idea to form Guyz in Sync first come from?
Guyz in Sync were created in London in autumn 2008 by Heather Gladding and Hadass Armon, directors of leading same-sex dance school Studio LaDanza, from dancers of the same-sex dance circuit. The trigger was the announcement of the first ever same-sex Group Show Dance competition.

Why did you decide to audition for Got to Dance?
Guyz in Sync want to bring same-sex dancing to a wider audience and encourage other LGBT people to hit the dance floor. We also want to make same-sex dancing equally accepted in the traditional Latin and Ballroom dance scene. Hopefully our appearance on Got to Dance will only be the start of things and we will see the first same-sex couple on Strictly Come Dancing soon. In countries like Israel and Austria this has already caused a stir.

"First of all, Guyz in Sync want to entertain their audience. But we also intend to increase the visibility and popularity of same-sex dancing within the LGBT community and among the general public."

So, can you give us any hints as to what to expect from your performance for the Got to Dance semi-finals?
The Got to Dance semi-finals will see us presenting a new routine that mixes different Latin and Ballroom dances to an iconic song. The choreography will show the sensuality and power of two men dancing but also the stamina you need when you dance in general.

Have you worked out your costumes yet?
We have seen the mood boards the Got to Dance costume department developed based on our music, style of dance and choreography. From the first costume fitting we can reveal that the outfit is very sleek and sexy. We are all set on a strict diet from now onwards! [Smiles].

How do you usually come up with your routines? 
Our coaches Heather and Hadass have been dancing all their lives and are very experienced choreographers full of ideas. Guyz in Sync usually have a concept for a new routine that brings together music, dancing and costumes. So the very first routine combined three George Michael songs. We danced a ChaChaCha to ‘Outside’ and this gave us the inspiration for police uniforms. But after this we also danced a Rumba to ‘Jesus to a Child’ and a Samba to ‘Faith’. Check it out on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/guyzinsync or YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/guyzinsync.

You won gold at the 2009 World Outgames in Copenhagen and silver at last year’s Gay Games in Cologne – what did these achievements mean to you?
It was amazing that Guyz in Sync became World Champions in Group Show Dance in their very first competition and we are proud to hold this title for four years. The international same-sex dance scene is growing every year and retaining our position as the best all-male same-sex Group Show Dance team in Cologne means a lot to us.

Both titles are a huge acknowledgement of the skills and commitment of Heather and Hadass and the 12 guys representing the UK same-sex dance scene on an international dance floor.

"Be yourself. As part of Guyz in Sync’s Got to Dance participation several of our members came out to their colleagues who immediately got very excited and supportive of their being in the Got to Dance semi-final."

Do you also compete in the mainstream competition circuit? If so, what reaction do you usually get from competitors and spectators?
Guyz in Sync have not yet competed as a team in mainstream competitions. But we are aiming at dancing at the legendary UK Open Dance Championships in Blackpool, maybe in 2012. Some of the members of Guyz in Sync made history in 2009 when they competed as same-sex couples in a national medal competition in the world-famous Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. They were cheered on by the crowds and their performance was very popular.

Gay sports are becoming increasingly popular – why do you think this is?
Probably most of us have experienced back in school that when it came to build a football team you were most of the time the last one to be picked. Gay-friendly sports offer a great opportunity to get together with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere without any prejudices but exercising at the same time.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Be yourself. As part of Guyz in Sync’s Got to Dance participation several of our members came out to their colleagues who immediately got very excited and supportive of their being in the Got to Dance semi-final.

Finish the sentence: A good performance starts with...
A surprise for the audience.

It ends with...
Hopefully the audience being up on their feet begging for more. [Smiles].

Who would be your fantasy dance partner?
Well, as there are 12 of us we cannot really agree on just one.

What’s in your closet?
We cannot possibly reveal everything but for sure dancing on national television does not put us into a closet. But if you are keen to find out about each of us check out each Guyz in Sync member’s profile on our website www.guyzinsync.co.uk.

So, what is the main mission for Guyz in Sync?
First of all, Guyz in Sync want to entertain their audience. But we also intend to increase the visibility and popularity of same-sex dancing within the LGBT community and among the general public.

Anything to add?
We hope that people will vote for us! Become a fan on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/guyzinsync and get all the latest updates.


Guyz in Sync perform in the live semi-finals of Got to Dance on Sunday 6 February 2011, 6pm on Sky1. Find out more at www.guyzinsync.co.uk.

Author: Bree Hoskin

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